The Cambridge exams are not as common globally as the TOEFL or IELTS, however, they are often required for admission to UK universities. The Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) is best suited to someone who is already confident in their English communication. As the name implies, it is an advanced test accepted as proof of C1 level English (equivalent to a score of 7-8 on the IELTS or 110-120 on the TOEFL).
The test can be done in person or on the computer, though not all test centres offer both versions. The questions are a mix of multiple-choice, fill in the blanks, and matching. The speaking test is done in person with another test taker and two examiners. One examiner conducts the test while the other evaluates you and the other test taker.
Reading and Use of English (90 minutes), writing (90 minutes), listening (40 minutes), speaking (15 minutes)
Test takers can earn a grade of (from lowest to highest) B2, C, B, or A. C is the lowest passing grade and those who score a B or A will earn a C1 Advanced certificate. This certificate and score do not expire.
Commonly required score:
Most universities require a grade of B or higher for admission.
The CAE costs around 150 EUR.
You can take the CAE at your nearest test centre. Both paper-based and computer-based tests can be done monthly.
This test can be taken monthly.